Hannity, O’Reilly, Beck — Do They Speak for Christians?

Autumn Dance oil painting of man and girl in gazebo by lake and Victorian house by Steve Henderson

In the dance of life, we want to think seriously about who partners us through the moves. Generally, a celebrity head is not someone who connects with, and cares about, us as an individual human being. So why do we trust them so much? Autumn Dance, original oil painting by Steve Henderson; licensed open edition print at iCanvasART.

Who speaks — or worse — thinks, for Christians these days? One wonders how much of a stretch it is to say Fox News.

Let’s take an issue that is going on now, has been going on a long time prior, and will fill talk shows for years hence  — the Israeli/Hamas situation. Now most Christians know how they are supposed to think about this, simply because Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity are generous in analyzing the limited information citizen viewers are given, interpreting it, and shepherding followers in how and what to think. You’re free to disagree, because this is the America these commentators know and love, but do be aware that you will be considered “kind of dumb and ignorant.” That’s okay — just keep buying the books; that’s the main function of your purpose-driven life.

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The more you think out of the box, the less you fit into the brick building on Sunday mornings. Paperback and digital at amazon.com.

Now while there are Christians who listen to the other side — NPR and CNN — and are similarly guided by “opposite” analysis and directed reasoning — too many evangelical Christians associate Jesus with Republicans with conservative with Fox News, and whatever the sheep think about Israel, or any issue of the day, is lamentably reminiscent of the voice of a few influential, raucous, belligerent men.

Please read the whole story at What Is the Christian Response to the Israel/Hamas Situation? at my BeliefNet Blog, Commonsense Christianity. As regular readers know, I am able to post a teaser to the full story, and I am most grateful when people click through and read the rest.

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About This Woman Writes

Carolyn Henderson is the marketing manager of Steve Henderson Fine Art. In addition to her This Woman Writes blog, Carolyn writes a regular art column for FineArtNews, an online newsletter for artists and art collectors.
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6 Responses to Hannity, O’Reilly, Beck — Do They Speak for Christians?

  1. In one simple word…no.

  2. Hey Carolyn. I stopped over and commented on your post. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Creative Style Linkup! 🙂

    • Hi, Brittnei — got your thoughtful, articulate comment and enjoyed it. Thank you for reading the article (as a blogger, I’m sure you realize how many people skim the title and think they’ve got the import of the whole story) and taking time to measure in. It is encouraging every time I encounter an articulate, literate person who thinks for herself and is not afraid to speak up. Can you imagine what this world would be like if we had more people like this?

  3. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  4. I shared and commented on the other post. Great teaser!

    Your co-host from Creative Style Linkup ~~April~~

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